BT and Huawei embark on pioneering 5G research partnership
Two of the world’s leading communications companies - BT and Huawei – have come together to lead the global development of 5G mobile technologies. The new partnership will see the companies conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, as well as the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them.
It is hoped the research will drive the development and standardization of 5G technologies throughout the industry. BT and Huawei will work together at the world leading BT Labs in Ipswich and other locations around the UK to explore various aspects of 5G, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; ‘network slicing’ - which will allow operators to apportion network resources to specific services; machine-to-machine communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies.
CBI member BT announced a five-year contract with GNET, China’s largest independent domestic provider of conferencing solutions, to provide BT’s audio conferencing solutions in China.
Audio conferencing services are a key collaboration tool for any international company looking to expand faster. By partnering with global leaders such as BT, GNET will be able to address increasing demand to support Chinese multinational companies (MNCs) in their global expansion and support BT’s global customers who are developing their presence in China.
Through this partnership, GNET will provide their customers with BT’s best-in-class audio conferencing portfolio, including BT MeetMe, which harnesses PSTN (Traditional fixed telephony) and IP access (Voice using the Internet or private data networks) to provide a very cost-effective service.
Kevin Taylor, President of BT Asia, Middle East, and Africa, said, “Today’s announcement marks a further step in the availability of our audio conferencing solutions in the Chinese market. This is the first time we have built such a partnership, which will increase the availability of high-end conferencing services to some of the most dynamic Chinese companies. Together we will provide them with the best possible customer experience.”
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CBI memberBT recently announced that it had retained its position as a 'leader' in the IDC MarketScape: Asia Pacific Next-Generation Telcos—ICT Services 2013-2014 Vendor Analysis.
Part of the report highlighted how BT has invested more than £3.8 billion in research and development (R&D) and innovation, which includes the partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Together with Tsinghua lab, the provider is creating a supply chain centre of excellence (COE) that focuses specifically on supply chain security such as anti-counterfeiting and food safety.
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CBI memberBT recently announced the launch of new video bridging services delivered directly from Hong Kong that will significantly improve the whole collaboration experience for users of BT conferencing services in the Asia-Pacific region.
This new capability is part of BT's continued drive to transform the quality of business conversations and greatly improve the way people work together within and between large organisations.
Howard Dickel, Chief Executive Officer, BT Conferencing, said, "Collaboration is at the heart of a globalized economy and an essential tool in every global multinational, many of which have already invested into the growing economies of Asia Pacific. With this launch, we are further cementing our leadership in delivering the best possible quality of services to our customers, complementing our other recent launches in voice conferencing and upgrades to a whole range of collaboration tools."
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CBI members endorsed the appointment of
Sir Mike Rake as President at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in
London today (Monday). He succeeds Sir Roger Carr following the end of his
John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:
“Sir Roger has been an outstanding
President and a strong advocate for business, championing important issues such
as corporate governance, boardroom diversity and business reputation.
“I am pleased to welcome Sir Mike to the
CBI as our new President. His broad business knowledge and experience, both in
the UK and internationally, will be of huge value to the organisation.
Sir Mike said:
“I am both honoured and proud to be
appointed CBI President at this important time for our country.
“There are some critical long-term
decisions to be taken during the next few years which will have a major impact
on the ability of UK business to secure economic growth and create new jobs for
our young people. The CBI will have an important role to play in shaping
well-informed public debate and I look forward to working alongside John and
the team to ensure the voice of business is heard and understood.”
Sir Mike is Chairman of BT Group
plc, Deputy Chairman of Barclays plc and has recently stepped down as
Chairman of easyJet plc after three years. He is also a director of McGraw-Hill
Inc. He chairs the Henley Festival; is Vice-President of the RNIB; and a member
of the Board of the Transatlantic Business Council.
Sir Mike has previously held a number of
senior roles, as the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and
Skills from 2007-2010 and Chairman of Business in the Community from 2004-2007.
From May 2002 – September 2007, Sir Mike was Chairman of KPMG International,
prior to which he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in
memberBT recently announced that it won a deal
with the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University to provide healthcare
IT consultancy services, the first win of its type for BT in China.
BT is helping design a centralised IT platform, bringing together the hospital
group’s disparate systems. One of the leading healthcare groups in China,
Ningxia Medical University runs 27 hospitals across Ningxia, Inner Mongolia,
and Shaanxi provinces, and is investing substantially in the development of a
platform to help it become one of the most technologically advanced hospitals
in the country.
The new platform will host the electronic medical record system used at Ningxia
General Hospital as well as across its network of regional hospitals. It will
also host the electronic health record database, decision support system, and
public health and chronic disease management platform, as well as other
The deal is the first in China for BT's recently established Asia Pacific
Health Practice, which was set up in 2012 to target the rapidly growing health
IT market in the region.
Yang Yinxue, Chief Executive Officer of Ningxia General Hospital, said, "A
comprehensive, unified, and advanced data system for patients and staff at our
numerous hospitals is essential to our growth. The new IT platform is of
critical importance to our ambitious expansion plans. BT was the ideal
strategic partner for us with its unique capabilities, local team, and global
experience. We believe our long-term partnership will help build Ningxia
General Hospital into a brand new and world-class digital hospital."
Eliza Kwok, Managing Director, BT China, said, "The health IT market is
undergoing a transformation everywhere in the world. In China, the issue of
health provision is being addressed by the national Government and will be a
priority over the coming five years. At BT, we are pleased to be able to play
an active part in the development of new and innovative solutions that support
the delivery of modern healthcare. This win offers us an opportunity to become
the partner of choice for one of the leading hospital groups and brings to
China our extensive experience in the health care market."
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to read the full press release by BT.